“Integrative Medicine” doesn’t refer to any particular therapy; it is more of a way of looking at your pet “in total.” In the broadest sense, it means that all of the symptoms are taken into account in your pet’s evaluation and treatment plan. This includes mental, physical and emotional symptoms. The entire symptom picture is recognized as inter-related, that is, the whole animal is considered.

How do we start?

The initial consultation involves a review of the questionnaire, a Mountain View Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Pet Care physical, tongue and pulse diagnosis, complete acupuncture treatment as well as any other indicated treatments such as electro-acupuncture, massage, food therapy suggestions or at home treatment recommendations. Initial consultation and treatment will take about an hour from start to finish and recheck examinations should last about 30 minutes. Recheck examinations will include discussion of progression of disease or changes in condition as well as all required treatments.

What if my pet is uncooperative? Will my pet need to be sedated?

If a patient is uncooperative, fractious, or aggressive, adjustments can be made to any treatment protocol so that your pet may still benefit without anyone getting hurt. In some instances, your pet may only tolerate a few needles inserted, or only in a few areas. In other cases, recommendations for diet change, Chinese herbs, or massage techniques can be discussed so that treatment can be initiated, even though a typical session could not be performed. Sedation is never used, as it compromises some of the beneficial effects of acupuncture, including endorphin, enkephalin and serotonin release.

Can my pet eat breakfast or dinner before an appointment?

Although there are no specific feeding guidelines before an acupuncture session, we recommend feeding at least one meal before their appointment, but not within 2 hours of a treatment session. This will prevent any possible nausea or indigestion caused by a full stomach during treatment.

Are there things I can do at home to help my pet?

Definitely! We encourage integration of all of all Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine modalities to promote healing, wellness and balance. Massage (Tui-Na), herbal therapy and exercise encompass the remaining four modalities of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine other than acupuncture. A portion of your session will include recommendations and activities or treatments that you can perform at home to maximize your pets’ treatment and healing.

Are endangered or animal byproducts used in the Chinese herbs you prescribe? Are they safe?

There are absolutely no endangered animal products used in any of the formulations that are prescribed. In 2 formulas, gecko and earthworm, byproducts are a portion of the ingredients which are farm raised specifically for this reason. The manufacturer of the herbs is a well trusted, closely monitored facility that performs extensive quality control on all of their herbal formulas. All raw materials and herbal products comply with US FDA Dietary Supplements cGMP Final Rules and stringent Chinese Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for pharmaceutical products, and have also been certified by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Samples of all herbal products are also regularly sent to quality control laboratories for full quality control analysis; purity, potency, cleanliness, heavy metal, and microbial content using microscopy, thin layer chromatography (TLC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

Can I refer my friends and family?

Absolutely! We greatly appreciate your business as well as any referrals that you make to help spread the word about our services.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Your pet’s Mountain View Hospital and Holistic Pet Care questionnaire, your pet, and an interest in treating with Mountain View and Integrative Veterinary Medicine.